From the Desk of the Superintendent

To the Residents of Continental Local Schools,

As we embark on another school year, I would like to update you on the wonderful happenings in our school district.

To begin, there is a new superintendent.  My name is Danny Kissell.  Professionally, I have been in education for 23 years.  I spent 7 years as a special education teacher and the past 16 as a principal. Prior to coming to education I worked in maintenance for six years at Whirlpool.  Personally, I have been happily married for 28 years.  I have 3 boys ranging in age from 16 to 22.  I enjoy scouting, athletics, and antiquing.  Although I am not from Putnam County, my roots run deep in the county as my father, grandparents and great-grandparents all grew up and lived in Putnam County.  If you see me in the community, please say hi and introduce yourself.  I look forward to meeting the residents of this fine community and I am proud to be a Pirate.

During the 2015-2016 school year our teachers and staff did an excellent job educating the children of Continental.  Our 2015 Report Card rated our district with an “A” in Achievement , Progress, and Graduation rate.  We passed every test given to our students.  Congratulations to our children for their hard work and thank you to our staff for all the commitment made to our children.  Please watch our fall or winter newsletter for the latest scores as they are released.

Over the past four years we have built a new bus garage, updated technology and developed new programs to better serve our students.  While doing these important items, we have also been able to stay fiscally responsible.  In 2013, Continental ended the year with a 3.85 million dollar balance. Thanks to the hard work of the Board of Education, former Superintendent Joel Mengerink, Treasurer Kathleen Schmitz and the rest of the administrative team, we closed 2016 with a 4.2 million dollar balance.  We will continue to work hard, educate our future while being responsible with your money.

As we begin the 2016-2017 school year, there has been a lot of discussion in communities about College Credit Plus.  College Credit Plus provides students with the opportunity to gain college credit while in high school.  This is an excellent program for those students who are academically mature enough to handle a college class.  Although this program provides college classes at no cost to students and their families, there is significant cost to the school district as we are charged for each of these classes.  Before venturing into this world, please speak with your child’s teachers and guidance counselor to see if this will truly be the right decision for your family.

Continental High School will be continuing with our sign language class at the high school.  Our Industrial Arts classes, started last year, were well attended and we are expanding the program this year.  As you read future newsletters, please look for more information about these and other wonderful programs.

Have you ever noticed what an amazing facility we have at Continental?  Our high school was built over three different eras starting in 1929.  For a building approaching 90 years old, I am quite impressed with how wonderful our maintenance staff keeps it looking and running.  Believe it or not, our renovations and additions to the high school and elementary are now 17 years of age.  The students graduating this year were just born when we did the last major upgrades to the schools.  I want to take this time to commend our head of maintenance, Mark Siebeneck, and his staff for a job well done.  If you see them in the community, please thank them for working so hard to maintain your investment in our community.

The theme of this school year is “Continued Excellence”.  Continental Local School is an excellent school with a bright future and I thank you for your commitment to our school and community.  My door is always open.  Stop in, call, or email if you have questions or concerns.

“Together we will create tomorrow’s leaders.”

Yours in Education,

Danny F. Kissell, Superintendent